ReCommunity Recycling has reopened its Southfield, Mich., facility as a single-stream recycling operation to serve the metropolitan Detroit area.

Charlotte, N.C.-based ReCommunity said in a news release the fully automated, 52,000 sq.-ft. facility can process 100,000 tons of waste a year. The facility, which ReCommunity operates with the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC), will create more than 65 jobs. It employs 13 now. Operations with the single-stream line begin Jan. 1. The company did not disclose the cost of the project.

At full capacity, the facility will prevent more than over 320,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases from being emitted annually, equal to taking about 59,000 cars off the road each year.

“We are pleased to bring the recovery revolution to Metro Detroit with this new single-stream recycling facility,” said James Bohlig, ReCommunity chief executive officer.

“This project serves as a successful example of municipal service-sharing through intergovernmental cooperation and public/private partnerships,” said Michael Csapo, general manager of RRRASOC.  

ReCommunity operates 21 recycling and recovery facilities in 10 states. In Michigan it has facilities in Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Huron and Roseville.